Campbell & Kaplan Real Estate (DRE:01337388)
Campbell and Kaplan Real Estate

Meet The Team

Name: Kurt Campbell


Mobile: (619) 846-1269

BRE: CalBRE #01337388


Recognized as an exceptional negotiator and fierce advocate for his clients, Kurt Campbell specializes in the marketing and sale of residential and commercial real estate throughout San Diego County.

As a real estate and construction attorney, as well as a highly successful residential and commercial real estate investor, Kurt is the broker clients turn to when a situation requires the utmost level of experience, finesse and resourcefulness.

Since his entry into the legal field more than 20 years ago, Kurt has built a reputation as a preeminent advocate, capable of presenting complex information in a manner that is concise and approachable. Having litigated nearly every possible issue pertaining to residential, commercial and mixed-use construction, he offers valuable guidance and trusted insights for clients with a wide array of needs.

As a real estate investor since 1995 in both commercial and residential property, Kurt has developed unique skills, which include: rehabilitating properties, construction, tenant improvements, city and state compliance, and zoning. During the course of his real estate investing career he co founded his management company and real estate brokerage in 2002, which is still operating today.

Becoming a real estate broker over 15 years ago has allowed Kurt to translate his experience to residential sales where he provides counsel to clients needing assistance with all phases of an investment project. With Kurt’s expertise, he is able to conceptualize, plan, identify and procure properties, develop marketing campaigns, and provide transaction management. Kurt is well-known for his credibility and commitment to ethical business practices, in addition to his talent for completing the most difficult of closings.

To help his clients avoid risk and attain the maximum possible return on investment, Kurt draws from real-world experience and practical insights he has gained as a property manager and real estate investor. Highly-skilled in drafting and reviewing lease agreements and contracts, he has been involved with the purchase, rehabilitation, management and sale of numerous residential and commercial properties over the years.

The leadership that Kurt has provided as one of the principals for Campbell & Kaplan has been essential to the success of the team and their clients. Kurt’s experience and proven track record is backed by a solid educational background, and the many honors he has earned. Some highlights include:

Graduated Cum Laude from San Diego State University
University of Heidelberg (fluent in German)
Juris Doctorate, University of San Diego School of Law
San Diego Super Lawyers® 2007 -present
Named San Diego Top Attorney by his peers, 2011-present
Achieved Martindale-Hubbell’s highest rating for Attorneys, 2003-present




Name: Nika Campbell


Mobile: (619) 741-7011

BRE: CalBRE #01864207


Nika Campbell is a local market expert with a passion for helping other people that affects everything she does. A specialist in San Diego real estate, with an emphasis on La Mesa, San Diego, North Park, and Hillcrest

Nika is known for her responsiveness, follow-through and commitment to provide her clients with open, honest communications.

Having been an active real estate investor since 1995, Nika has an astute understanding of property valuation and property management. Well-versed in the art of negotiating, she co-founded a property management company in 2002 to leverage her comprehensive knowledge of how to effectively resolve tenant issues, minimize liabilities, conduct background checks, and handle evictions when necessary.

Transitioning into residential sales and property management was a natural choice for Nika, an attorney with many years of experience focusing on real estate. Adept at helping clients navigate complex transactions, she has earned a reputation for delivering successful closings and powerful, life-changing results.

A real estate broker since 2009, Nika believes her success has been due to her complex understanding of real estate contracts and real estate law, combined with her attention to detail and tenacious work ethic. Fluent in Farsi as well as English, she also credits her talent for communicating with people of differing backgrounds and commitment to provide her clients with a superior standard of support and service.

The La Mesa area has been home for Nika for the past 17 years. As a result, she can offer her clients an insider’s perspective about local schools, neighborhoods and service providers. Nika has a passion for helping clients get the best possible outcome for the purchase or sale of their home, by diligently researching the available market inventory and tapping into the power of her local network.






Mobile: (619) 204-7112

Designation: Creator and host of Dreams and Deals on the Fox 5 San Diego News

BRE: CalBRE #01235316


Constantly focused on the best interests of his clients, Ken Kaplan has earned an impeccable reputation in San Diego real estate.

Widely respected for his commitment to ethical business practices and talent for navigating complex transactions, Ken believes his success has been due to his extensive market knowledge and negotiating skills, along with his unrivaled client service and virtually unlimited availability to his clients.

A real estate veteran with over 20 years of experience, Ken has successfully assisted his clients with hundreds of real estate transactions. Having consistently been awarded for his sales production and service, he is known for his accomplished work ethic and hands-on approach to real estate, along with his ability to resolve any possible issues that could affect a transaction—traits that allow him to deliver positive results, time after time.

Viewing his role as a real estate professional as a tremendous responsibility, Ken provides his clients with honest advice and useful guidance about their transactions. This simple focus on ensuring his clients have the resources and information they need to make the best decision possible has been the essence of his marketing throughout his career, and the results have been phenomenal.

A nationally recognized speaker and real estate instructor, Ken has built a thriving business with an astonishing 90% earned referral rating. Considered an expert in multiple aspects of real estate, and well-regarded for his integrity and emphasis on ‘straight talk,’ he is frequently invited to share his insights in major media outlets, such as Fox News, where he is their resident Real Estate Expert. Ken has also been featured on CBS News, NBC News, San Diego Magazine, and the San Diego Union Tribune.

Early in his career, Ken received critical on-the-job training from one of the nation’s leading real estate teams, based in San Diego. He also credits his experiences working in real estate in New York City, where he got his start, and in Colorado, where he has been a licensed real estate professional since 2003, as being essential to his professional development.

As one of the founders of Campbell & Kaplan, Ken leverages his comprehensive real estate knowledge and high standards of personal integrity to effectively guide the team and ensure their clients receive a personalized and thorough standard of service.






Mobile: (619) 861-0422

BRE: CalBRE #01966607

Everard Castaneda has excelled by leveraging his tenacious work ethic and complex knowledge of real estate marketing for the benefit of his clients.

Specializing in residential real estate throughout San Diego County and the surrounding areas, Everard is known for his focus on providing open, honest communications, attention to detail and results-oriented business philosophy.

Formerly the Creative Manager for the corporate marketing team at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties, Everard is proficient with advanced technology and adept at developing advertisements for use in print and digital media. Leveraging his diverse experience in real estate, which spans over 15 years and encompasses both sales and marketing, he provides his sellers with short market times and high sale prices.

With a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration/Marketing, and a degree in Graphic Design, Everard has a talent for helping sellers maximize their home’s aesthetic value and a complex understanding of how to implement effective marketing campaigns. To continually exceed his clients’ expectations, he utilizes professional photographers, advertises in the most widely read print and online destinations, and carefully researches the details associated with each transaction.

As a Mission Hills resident for five years and a San Diego resident for over 15, Everard draws from his in-depth knowledge of the region to match his buyers with the perfect home and lifestyle to fit their needs. Having relocated numerous times during his childhood—the result of a military upbringing—he has a strong commitment to help his clients successfully acclimate into their new surroundings.

Everard has earned a reputation for his belief in serving the community where he lives and works. He is a frequent volunteer for the San Diego Food Bank and the San Diego Alpha Project, as well as Habitat for Humanity, San Diego Refugee Tutoring, and the San Diego Rescue Mission. Architecture, international travel, cycling and archery are sources of inspiration for Everard when he isn’t busy helping his clients.




Name: Samantha Kaplan


Mobile: (619) 787-7892

BRE: CalBRE #02033705


Committed to provide her clients with outstanding results, Samantha Kaplan draws from a lifetime’s worth of real estate education and market knowledge. Raised in San Diego and trained in customer service/sales by top names such as Nordstrom Rack, Morphe and Splendid, Samantha is an active listener with a patient, calm demeanor and a proactive, hands-on approach to real estate.

Joining the Campbell & Kaplan team was a natural progression for Samantha, as she has been inspired by her father, Ken Kaplan, since her childhood. She credits her many early experiences attending real estate classes he taught, listening to conversations with clients and around the dinner table, for giving her an inherent knowledge of negotiating tactics, property valuation and transaction management.

One of the key takeaways for Samantha was that being successful in real estate involves a strict adherence to the Golden Rule. To achieve that goal, she adopted a service-oriented business philosophy based on the importance of providing clients with timely updates, useful research and objective guidance about every aspect of their transactions.

An award-winner for her customer service when she worked in retail sales, Samantha is always willing to travel to support the interests of her clients, though she specializes in San Diego and the surrounding markets. A highly effective communicator with astute business sense, she enjoys sharing her knowledge of local neighborhoods, subdivisions and school districts for the benefit of her clients.

With an accomplished work ethic and the invaluable, real-world training and personal mentorship provide to her by her father, Samantha is a trusted advisor to clients with a wide array of needs. She enjoys connecting with people of all cultural backgrounds and looks forward to helping you achieve your goals in real estate.




Name: Phoebe Aoe


Mobile: (310) 579-2433

BRE: CalBRE #02023441


Responsive, motivated and thorough are words that people commonly use to describe Phoebe Aoe. A highly effective communicator with comprehensive market knowledge, Phoebe is known for her attention to detail and negotiating skills.

In addition to real estate, Phoebe works as a producer in TV news, which gives her a strong understanding of the real estate markets, housing options and neighborhoods that comprise San Diego County. With an expertise in Clairemont/Bay Ho, Linda Vista, La Jolla and North County real estate, especially Encinitas and Leucadia, she enjoys sharing her knowledge to match her clients with the perfect home and lifestyle to fit their needs.

Adhering to strict deadlines, maintaining confidentiality and producing useful research is second nature to Phoebe, who is fluent in Mandarin. A graduate of the University of California San Diego, where she earned a degree in Communications, she thrives in high-pressure situations, when aggressiveness and listening skills are essential to negotiating a successful closing.

Being raised in a family of real estate investors gave Phoebe an inherent knowledge of property valuation and an appreciation for interior design. Motivated to make a positive impact on the lives of her clients, she draws from her industry knowledge and experience to help them visualize the potential of specific properties, develop action plans and find homes with hidden value.

A resident of Clairemont/Bay Ho for the past seven years, and a former resident of La Jolla, Phoebe enjoys taking part in an active lifestyle and seeking out live music when she isn’t busy working. Traveling, cooking and refining her knowledge of interior design are some of her other favorite pastimes.

Recognizing that the key to success is to ensure her clients receive valuable information, timely updates and open, honest communications, Phoebe Aoe looks forward to helping you achieve your goals in real estate.